So you’ve decided to try indoor rock climbing. Now the question is: what should I wear? Luckily, climbing doesn’t require a lot proper technical clothing. In fact, you can probably find what you need in your closet. Here are some practical suggestions that’ll keep you comfortable while climbing, so you can focus on what you’re doing, and not on what you’re wearing.
There are a few basic things to remember when you’re dressing for indoor rock climbing. Obviously, you don’t need to worry about the weather, so you won’t need a jacket for the cold or a hat to ward off the sun. You will need clothes that are non-restrictive and will let you move around freely.
Clothes for Women
For women, a loose T-shirt with a sports bra underneath is an easy option, and probably something you already have in your closet. You could also choose a more fitted sports top with a built-in bra.
If you’re bouldering, shorts are an option, although you may find that you end up with some scraping and bruising as your legs hit against the walls. If you’re worried about anyone seeing up your shorts, choose tighter spandex shorts or loose shorts with a liner. Non-restrictive yoga pants and leggings are other good options. For top roping, you’ll probably want to wear loose pants or leggings, since the harness tends to pull shorts up.
Clothes for Men
Athletic clothes are a great choice for men. An athletic shirt in a moisture-wicking fabric and baggy pants are both good options. Just like for women, if you decide to wear loose-fitting shorts, you may want to wear tighter spandex shorts underneath.
So, can you wear jeans? That’s entirely up to you. If your jeans are comfortable to move in and non-restrictive, they may work. Avoid non-stretch jeans that will restrict your movement, though.
Shoes and Accessories
Other things you’ll need: climbing shoes and a chalk bag. If you rent your shoes, be sure to wear socks for hygiene purposes! If you’re wearing your shoes, whether or not to wear socks is a matter of personal preference. If you have long hair, you’ll want to bring clips or bands to hold it away from your face.
Whatever you do, don’t let worries about what to wear stop you from climbing. We’re here to have fun, not critique your clothing. So, come in and give it a try!